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Until security operatives across board exercise great deal of consciousness in the way they handle classified information at their respective beats, Nigeria may find it hard at overcoming the plethora of insecurity challenges confronting the country.

This was part of the submissions of security experts who delivered their goodwill messages at the second Matriculation exercise organised for the newly admitted 50 students who are pursuing professional careers in security management at the Civil Defence College of Security Management, Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Speaking at the matriculation programme held yesterday at the NSCDC college in Abeokuta, security experts which included representatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy, NSCDC, FRSC as well as the police all identified “sabotage and espionage” as principal factor responsible for the escalation of insecurity in the country.

They however, concurred that security personnel must be conscious of their environments in the way they handle classified information in order not to play into the hand of the “enemies”.

The one year professional security course, packaged by the Institute of Security of the University of Lagos Nigeria Security in collaboration with Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), witnessed participating students drawn from all security agencies which included the Nigerian Army, Police as well as the personnel from the Nigerian Navy.

Also, students from other sister agencies like the Prisons and Immigration services,  Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), private security guard companies as well as the Vigilance Group of Nigeria among others who are all pursuing Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Security Management.

In his goodwill message, the Brigade Commander of the 35 Artillery Brigade Command, Alamala, Brig. Gen. Olaniyi Olatunde charged the students that did their matriculation to give out information only on “need to know” basis so as not to play into the hands of the criminals.

Olatunde, who was represented by one of the lecturers at the College, Major, Elzapham Anya Nwachukwu charged that security personnel must be conscious of what will amount to threat to security around them.

Citing example of the war against Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, Nwachukwu said experience have shown that sabotage and espionage are critical security threats which must be guided against by operatives to enable them be on top of the game.

“We must also imbibe the habit of disseminating information on need-to-know basis. Nobody is saying that you must not give out intelligent information, but know who you are giving it out to.

“If you give information out without control, before you know it, the enemies you’re fighting may have been able to know your defense”.

 


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